Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast
Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast through Regional Food Systems (EFSNE) seeks to determine whether greater reliance on regionally produced food could improve food access in low-income communities, while also benefiting farmers, food supply chain firms and others in the food system.
A USDA-funded Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) project, EFSNE brings together researchers, educators, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from a twelve-state region in the Northeast, engaging the entire food chain from production to consumption in a collaborative effort.
Food Security Research News
Voices of independent store owners add context to EFSNE research
February 13, 2015There are more than a dozen food stores being studied by the EFSNE project team, an activity that would be impossible if not for the cooperation of the owners and managers who run those stores. Whether providing space for the Consumption Team to conduct intercept surveys or participating in interviews with the Distribution Team, these retailers are integral to the success of the project. And in November, several of them helped in an additional way, by traveling to Maryland to participate in a two-day workshop with EFSNE project researchers, graduate students, and community liaisons. Their participation proved to be beneficial both for the project team and for each other.
Key Lessons learned from Sunnyside Gas and Grocery: The case of a store, a cabbage and a potato
February 5, 2015Members of the Distribution Team are conducting case studies to understand some of the factors affecting the ability of stores to serve their consumers in low-income neighborhoods. The team has conducted detailed interviews with each of our collaborating retailers, most but not all of whom are independent store operators. The information collected includes factors affecting their ability to sell healthy foods and regionally sourced foods as well as factors that influence their ability to stay in business. The team then collects information on two market basket foods per store, so that all eight foods in our market basket are represented randomly in the case studies. In this article, team member Kristen Park shares some of the lessons learned from one of these stores and its procurement of cabbage and potatoes.
From focus groups to food policy meetings, EFSNE interns get a taste of urban food issues
February 5, 2015Jillian Gordon and Shannon McCullough are two Penn State undergraduate students who were both drawn to a Pittsburgh-based EFSNE internship for the same reason: the chance to work in a city. But Pittsburgh beckoned them in different ways.